Volksoper Wien Announces 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Volksoper Wien has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of new productions and revivals.

For this article we will only focus on the opera and operetta productions for the season.


Henry Mason directs a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Stefan Cerny, Anna Siminska, Martin Mitterrutzner, Rebecca Nelsen, Jakob Semotan, and Juliette Khalil.

Performance Dates: Oct. 17, 2020-May 26, 2021

Verdi’s La Forza del Destino will be conducted by Jac van Steen. The cast will include Melba Ramos, Aris Argiris, Vincent Schirrmacher, Stefan Cerny, Martin Winkler, and Nadia Krasteva

Performance Dates: Nov. 7-24, 2020

Alfred Eschwé conducts Suppé’s “Der Teufel auf Erden” with a cast that features Robert Meyer, Christian Graf, Theresa Dax, Johanna Arrouas, David Sitka, Carsten Süss, Marco Di Sapia, and Michael Havlicek. Hinrich Horstkotte directs the new production.

Performance Dates: Dec. 5, 2020-Jan. 25, 2021

David McVicar directs a new production of Britten’s “Death in Venice” with Gerrit Prießnitz conducting. Rainer Trost, Martin Winkler, and Thomas Lichtenecker star. 

Performance Dates: April 17-May 2, 2021

Detlev Glanert’s “Leyla und Medjnun” will directed by Ruth Brauer-Kvam and conducted by Gerrit Prießnitz. The cast will include Mara Mastalir, Alexander Pinderak, Günter Haumer, Manuela Leonhartsberger, Mehrzad Montazeri, Anna Nekhames, Johanna Arrouas, Christian Drescher, Daniel Ohlenschläger, and Nicolaus Hagg.

Performance Dates: June 14-30, 2021


Lehár’s “Die lustige Witwe” is set to be conducted by Alexander Joel with a cast that includes Sebastian Reinthaller, Johanna Arrouas, Rebecca Nelsen, Alexandre Beuchat, and David Sitka.

Performance Dates: Sept. 16-Oct. 6, 2020

Alfred Eschwé conducts Puccini’s Turandot with Melba Ramos in the title role, Sorin Coliban, Vincent Schirrmacher, and Anja-Nina Bahrmann.

Performance Dates: Feb. 14-March 14, 2021

Alexander Joel conducts Lehár’s “Das Land des Lächelns” with Toni Slama, Sophia Brommer, Michael Havlicek, Herbert Steinböck, Szabolcs Brickner, and Theresa Dax.

Performance Dates: March 21-April 22, 2021

Pavel Valuzhin, Boris Statsenko, Rebecca Nelsen, Stefan Cerny, and Martina Mikelić star in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Lorenz C. Aichner conducting.

Performance Dates: June 8-27, 2021



Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” returns to the stage with Heinz Zednik directing.

Performance Dates: Sept. 1, 2020-June 30, 2021

Offenbach’s “König Karotte” takes the stage with Matthias Davids directing.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26-Nov. 28, 2020

Robert Meyer directs a revival of Benatzky’s “Meine Schwester und ich.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 29, 2020-Jan. 22, 2021 

Kálmán’s “Die Csárdásfürstin” returns to the stage with Peter Lund directing with choreography by Andrea Heil. 

Performance Dates: Feb. 3-March 18, 2021 

Kálmán’s “Gräfin Mariza” will be produced with Thomas Enzinger directing.

Performance Dates: April 25-May 13, 2021

Peter Lund directs Strauss’ “Der Zigeunerbaron.”

Performance Dates: May 31-June 29, 2021


Lange’s “Das Gespenst von Canterville” gets a rare revival.

Performance Dates: Sept. 3-Nov. 6, 2020

Guy Joosten’s production of Bizet’s Carmen returns to the stage in the fall.

Performance Dates: Sept. 17-Oct. 24, 2020

Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel will be revived in time for the Holiday season.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16, 2020-Jan. 6, 2021

Achim Freyer’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni returns. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 7-15, 2021

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov returns to the stage of the Volksoper.

Performance Dates: TBA

Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer is set to be shown in Aron Stiehl’s production. 

Performance Dates: May 6-30, 2021

Hans Gratzer’s production of La Traviata” returns.

Performance Dates: May 20-June 23, 2021